1965 Pontiac GTO

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The Pontiac GTO is considered by many to be the godfather of the American muscle car, and although automotive historians will point to any number of thunderous V8 American performance cars that came before it, the GTO is by far the best remembered. The American love of the V8 engine already had a long history…

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1970 AMC Rebel Machine

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A Short History of the AMC Rebel Machine The AMC Rebel Machine was introduced in 1970 and would only be available for a single model year, the basic concept of “The Machine” had been around since 1967, with the initial prototype featuring a black body, black wheels, and wide tires – with no stripes, scoops, or…

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1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang

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The Shelby GT500 was introduced to the press at New York’s Tavern-on-the-Green Restaurant in early 1967, it represented a departure from the previous Shelby Mustangs in that it provided more comfort and convenience than the fire breathing Shelby GT350. Describing his new Mustang, Carroll Shelby was quoted as saying “This is the first car I’m really…

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1969 Mercury Cougar Boss 302

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The Mercury Cougar Boss 302 is exceptionally rare even amongst other low volume American muscle cars, just 169 were built, and it’s not known exactly how many have survived to the modern day. The Mercury Cougar Mercury introduced the Boss 302 in 1969 as a special version of the Cougar Eliminator, it was marketed as…

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Bullitt-Spec 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback

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Steve McQueen and Bullitt There are few movie cars more famous than Steve McQueen’s Highland Green Mustang Fastback from the 1968 film Bullitt. The 10 minute chase scene though the streets of San Francisco is regarded by many as the best in cinema history – Bullitt was a box office smash hit, and the film…

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1966 Pontiac GTO

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The Pontiac GTO was released in 1964 and is now credited by many as being the car that launched the muscle car revolution that’s still going strong over 50 years later. Of course the American love affair with V8s was nothing new – Ford had released the first affordable V8 road car in 1932. The…

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Plymouth Hemi Cuda

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The Plymouth Hemi Cuda is now recognised as one of the most collectible of the original generation of muscle cars, it was first offered in 1970, but due to its significant cost increase over the other Cudas it sold in relatively limited numbers. Plymouth charged a $871 premium for the Hemi 426 V8 option –…

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am

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The Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am was built with a very specific task in mind – Ford wanted to trounce the Chevrolet Camaros in the SCCA Trans-Am Series and reclaim their crown as the fastest pony car manufacturer in the United States. Chevrolet has joined the pony car bandwagon in 1967 with the Camaro,…

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1968 AMC AMX

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When the AMC AMX was launched in 1968 the AMC vice president Vic Raviolo described it as “the Walter Mitty Ferrari” – a reference to the character created by James Thurber in his short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. Walter was an ordinary man with a wild imagination and an incredibly vivid fantasy…

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1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455 Super Duty

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The 455 Super Duty version of the 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is widely considered to be the last of the original high-performance muscle cars. As the restrictions on engine emissions became ever more stringent the compression ratios dropped, power output plummeted and 1/4 mile times increased for the first time in decades. The last…

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1965 Shelby GT350 R

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The Shelby GT350 R is the slightly more blood-thirsty version of the already fast Shelby GT350, all of the cars started life as stock Mustangs before being sent off to Carroll Shelby’s workshop for some performance oriented modifications. The first order of business when building a GT350 was an axle replacement, the stock unit was…

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